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The SMSC has been presented with many awards for green initiatives, many of which are geared toward resource protection, sustainability, and responsible stewardship.


Minnesota ACEC Grand Award

The Minnesota American Council on Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented the SMSC with a Grand Award at a banquet held January 26, 2007. The ACEC competition recognizes projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity. For more than 40 years, this competition has awarded uniqueness and originality.


MSPE Seven Wonders of Engineering Award

The Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) 2007 Seven Wonders of Engineering Award was presented to the SMSC February 23, 2007, in Bloomington, Minnesota, as part of MSPE’s Engineers Week celebration. Entries were judged on the engineering methods, systems, and skills utilized by the project team, as well as the project’s social impact.


Governor’s Award for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention

The SMSC facility was also awarded the Minnesota Governor’s Award for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention. The 16th annual award was presented during a banquet on February 28, 2007. The award honors superior environmental achievement by Minnesota nonprofit organizations, businesses, and private institutions for programs or projects that benefit the environment by reducing or eliminating wastes and pollutants at the source.


Environmental Initiative Awards—Large-Scale Sustainability Impacts

The SMSC’s NativeGreen campaign received a 2020 Environmental Initiative Award in the category of Large-Scale Sustainability Impacts. The Large-Scale Sustainability Impacts Award recognizes a partnership involving large organizations, such as municipalities or companies, working to improve sector-specific practices by creating replicable, scalable solutions to environmental challenges. Projects may include efforts to achieve a circular economy, pursuits that go beyond regulatory requirements, or practices to create more sustainable operations.